100 Foods: Pepitas

While decluttering my bookcase I discovered a hidden gem: Parragon Books’ “100 Best Health Foods.”

This book takes an interesting, in-depth look at 100 amazing foods and discusses their healthy properties. That said, Parragon does not bother to go into any sort of detail as to which seasons the foods are from or where they are from, which is great… as the publisher is in the UK and I am not.

Also the recipes in this book are not necessarily for the busy on-the-go people or they don’t really make the healthy food the stand out in the completed dish.

My plan… I’m going to tackle these 100 health foods relative to their seasonality in my area (some are never seasonable here… but I will follow their seasons in the location in which they are grown) and find simple easy recipes that showcase the foods. Which could be great for amazing foods like plums… but not so great for anchovies…

Pepitas

Okay… so Parragon calls them Pumpkin Seeds and you will most likely find them at the grocery store labeled as pumpkin seeds. For some reason I have always know pepitas as pepitas as pumpkin seeds are obviously too much work to eat… pumpkin seeds are the ones still in the obnoxious white shells. Pepitas look like sunflower seeds on steroids and they taste… well like a chalky whatever you flavor them with. Yes… you guessed it… I am not a huge fan. Why do I eat them? Tick-Tock makes me. Something about them being good for me.

They are good for you!

Pepitas are packed with protein, iron, zinc, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. 25 grams of pepitas provides 20% of your daily iron intake and more L-tryptophan than a glass of milk. Which could help alleviate some symptoms of depression and anxiety disorders. The oil from the seeds also helps to treat irritable bowel syndrome and is used in a variety of folk medicine.

So listen to Tick-Tock and eat your pepitas!

~Emme

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